Adani moves closer to construction with black-throated finch approval
May 25th, 2019
The Queensland government has ticked off a crucial environmental approval for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, bringing the contentious project a step closer to becoming reality.
It has approved Adani’s proposed management plan for the endangered black-throated finch, less than a month after the state’s environment department announced a delay in approval because the plan was judged to be inadequate.
Four days after the May 18 federal election, in which the mine’s future was a prominent issue, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called for an end to the delays and uncertainty.
In a statement issued today, the government said it has now approved a “strengthened” version of the plan, submitted by Adani earlier this week.
Under the revised plan, Adani has now committed to:
- “establish enhanced understanding” of the finch, with the help of “appropriate population studies”
- implement “appropriate monitoring protocols” to track the finch’s population over time
- restrict grazing in nearby areas.
The only remaining state environmental approval for the project now is Adani’s groundwater management plan, on which a decision is due by June 13. Read more…